Michelle’s love for intense physical & mental discipline originated over 22 years ago in the Martial Art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, where her daily practice embraced mindfulness though intense mental focus & balance.
Michelle, began teaching power yoga over 12 years ago. She incorporates much of the philosophy of Soo Bahk Do into her teachings such as, the importance of breath control & using the exhale for power, balance & endurance. She blends vinyasa & hatha into a style of Yoga she calls Power Flow & Balance, with much focus on the basics, and offers several variations for each pose, emphasizing complete mind & body presence, while stressing the importance of awareness of one’s own physical limitations. Alignment is a huge emphasis as well as the importance of elongating the spine & deep hip opening poses.
Michelle has taught all aspects of group fitness for two decades, including the art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan (she holds 2 back belts), boot camp & boxing. Michelle has dedicated her teachings solely to her Yoga practice, inspiring others to incorporate Yoga into their daily life. She suffers multiple injuries to her low back & hip. Practicing Power Yoga every single day, is a HUGE part of her life that she loves to share with others. Deep yoga poses, elongating of the spine & opening up of the hips are a crucial part of her daily life. Power Yoga is Michelle’s drug of choice as it helps alleviate the daily chronic pain she endures, and keeps the body, mind & soul healthy. Yoga gives this former adrenaline junkie the endorphin release her body needs to keep in shape & deal with daily stress!
At age 52, Michelle is a mother of 3 & enjoys outdoor activities, including rock climbing, hiking, kayaking & paddle boarding. She is also a an an up & coming Abstract Artist. She is most inspired by brilliant colors & depth, as you will notice in backgrounds of the paintings she creates.
Michelle is also passionate about using her Yoga platform raise awareness for a good cause. Among her favorite charities are: Project Touch, Hearts 4 ALS, and Yoga for Hope San Diego & Temecula Yoga 4 Hope in the Vines, which she created 6 years ago, and hosts every Spring.